Hi All. Thanks so much for sharing your great experience and
knowledge. Here's one I am not too sure about.
We have an old house that started with a temp/mobilehome pole with the
meter base and shutoff on it. It apparently rotted and fell over
during the last hurricane and had just been left to rot. The boxes
and connections look rusty enough to need replaced. The building has
been added to and added to and finally is a house with a crawlspace.
It's in pretty bad shape but we want to fix it up. (We've already
answered the WHY question at least 1000 times)
First thing we need to do is get the electric turned back on, so we
talked with the electric co-op and also got the electric permit from
inspection. So the co-op tells us we are responsible for installing
the mast/riser, the meter base, the shut off and then running to the
The existing panel is now located in the middle of the house, in a
hallway, so we are gonna turn it around and it will be in the utility
room. But still 25 feet from the meter base. Electric co-op said
the 25 feet run was OK in conduit run through the crawl space.
We have done the service drop thing twice before. But have always had
the box on the opposite side of the wall, never 25 feet away. The co-
op said it must be 4 wire all the way. Got me there.
Will someone please (sorry, feel like I am asking how to hold my fork,
but this 64 year old is more cautious than the 25 year old was!) walk
me through the 4 wire wiring. The cutoff which will be located
outside right under the meter). The mast will be against the outside
wall and then through the overhang with the metal conduit pipe. I
have opened up the inside wall to add additional support for the mast
pipe to be attached to. So the course will be: Electric co-op to
the mast. My run will be from the mast; into the meter base, through
and into the cut-off switch, then out of the cutoff through down 6
feet through conduit then a turn into and through the crawlspace wall
in conduit, then running in conduit the 25 feet to a turn at the base
of the panel then up through the wall and into to the panel.
I think it is the fourth wire and neutral and ground that is getting
to me. Or it just might be when I was 25 I knew I would be there if
anything went wrong! Now I am not too sure how long it might be to go